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House of Reps Accuse Auditor General Of Reckless Spending.

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The House of Representatives has accused the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation (OAUGF) of reckless spending of the approved budgetary allocation from 2019 to 2021. The House Committee on Public Accounts (PAC) led by Wole Oke made the allegation on Wednesday during an oversight visit to the (OAUGF) in Abuja.

Oke picked holes in the financial reports presented by the AAGF Mr. Adolphus Aghughu, without vouchers and other supporting documents. The Auditor-General said N28.8 million was spent on the completion of roofing of the Audit House, payment of N69.5 million and N76.6 million as 1st 28 days to some staff; inherited N74 million released from 2018 to 2020 for construction of forensic laboratory; bought a Prado Jeep at N7.1 million, established a clinic atAGF9 million and N8.4 million on federal service games.

But the lawmakers queried some of the expenditures in 2020, including N1.9 million allegedly spent on the new clinic and an additional sum of N3.967 million on drugs and medical supplies as well as N7.721 million on medical consulting despite payment of N55.933 million as NHIS contribution as contained in the 2020 financial statement against N87.870 million NHIS contribution paid in 2019. While stressing the need for the AAGFto provide updates on the implementation of the 2021 Appropriation Act, the lawmakethe rs demanded the staff nominal roll of the office over increase in the N1.977 billion personnel cost for 2019 to N1.991 billion was appropriated in 2020, despite depleting workforce and the request for 500 new staff.

According to the documents presented to the committee, out of N984.231 million budget appropriation 2019, N969.487 million was released for which training got a larger chunk of the released fund. The lawmakers however queried the N120,304,830m spent on international travels & transport (audit of foreign mission, consular offices & 20 defense attaches); N40,710,380 spent on local travels & Transport (training), additional N286,881,055.18 on local travels & ttranchesport, others (headquarters/ state branch office and additional N100,093,600 spent on local travels as well as N35,710,812 spent on Auditors- General annual conference without specifying the location and vouchers; N3.527,267 spent on sporting activities; N11,946,250 spent on defense packages without specifying beneficiaries and vouchers; N59 million spent on governance/institutional reforms as well as beneficiaries of N696,500 spent on honorarium and sitting allowances and N62.768 million spent on office stationaries/computer consumables for the period under review.

Similarly, the (OAUGF) spent N28,850,080m on the purchase of an unspecified number of desktops and laptops computers as well as the sum of N49,999,616.88 without any vouchers. The committee also queried the total sum of N1.358 billion appropriated for overheads in 2020 out of which N1.324 billion rwreleasedsed and spent despite the economic lockdown at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lawmakers lamented that a larger chunk of the fund was expended on the training/ lan local travels and transportation, while subheads on office rehabilitation and maintenance were duplicated in the capital component of the 2020 financial records transmitted to the committee during the oversight function. Other controvewas racial subheads queried by the lawmakers included N32.628 million spent on local travels and transport; additional N331.455 million on local travels & transport, others (Hqtrs & States), N25.004 million on international travels & transport; N188.762 million spent on international travels & transport (audit of foreign mission, consular offices, and 20 Attaches) and additional N961.441 million on local training.

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FRSC Warns Against Night Travelling Over Insecurity, Bad Roads.

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised against traveling by night, citing the deplorable state of most federal roads and increasing insecurity across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) says the FRSC Sector Commander in Kogi, Solomon Agure, made the assertions in a statement on Monday in Lokoja.

Canvassing against overspeeding, Mr. Agure said no good road experience could come out of speeding, overloading, use of phone while driving, use of mechanically deficient vehicles, failure to use a seatbelt, and safety crash helmet, and several other road use infractions.

Mr. Agure said arrangements had been made for the commencement of 2021’s Ember Months and Operation Zero Tolerance to Road Traffic Campaign in Kogi.

He said that the campaign would be carried out under the theme: “Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Travels And Enjoy Quality Road Experience”, and that the safety corps would be on the lookout to enforce strict compliance to laws and orders on the highways.

Mr. Agure said there would be high visibility of the corps on the roads across the state toward achieving the goals of the operation from now till the middle of January 2022.

He said that the command was planning to deploy over 800 personnel, 20 patrol vehicles, four ambulances, and heavy tow trucks for control of traffic.

“It aims at ensuring route lining, clear obstruction and responds to distress calls for all to have maximum road use experience during and after the p, period,” he said.

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BREAKING NEWS: Update Facebook, WhatsApp, And Instagram Creak Back To Life After Unprecedented Outage.

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Users were unable to access Facebook and Instagram late on Monday evening, but many still faced problems on WhatsApp.

Facebook has issued an apology for the outage which impacted the social media giant, along with Instagram and WhatsApp, for several hours late on Monday.

Facebook Engineering said in a statement on Twitter: “To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry.

“We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.”
The platforms had confirmed on Twitter they were aware of issues and worked to resolve them after thousands of people reported outages shortly before 5 pm on 5 days.

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